Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The combined degree equips graduates with an understanding of themselves and others, including clients and those involved in the legal and psychological studies fields. This 5 year double degree prepares graduates for those occupations where there is an interaction between the law, psychology and mental health. The double degree will provide graduates with a career path towards eligibility for Registration as a Psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia. The completion of the 'Priestley 11' units, as set out by the Council of Legal Education, within the course will satisfy the academic component for students wishing to be admitted as an Australian Lawyer, in the Supreme Court of Victoria. The course learning outcomes include the concepts, theories and ideas central to the disciplines of law and psychological studies.
480 credit points consisting of 396 credit points of core law and psychological studies, 84 credit points of elective studies.
Standard entry requirements
- Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4 with a minimum study score of 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English (any)
- International Baccalaureate students with at least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL
Victorian Legal Admissions Board, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
Advanced standing may be granted for appropriate prior studies at an AQF 7 level for law units and psychological studies units (where undertaken in an APAC accredited course or international equivalent).
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All applicants are encouraged to complete the law supplementary form which may be used to adjust the Selection Rank. Students in any Bachelor of Laws may apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree once they have completed a minimum 192 credit points and have attained an average mark of Distinction or above i.e. 70-100%. Applicants will be assessed on the highest grades achieved in the top 12 Law units. Students will be further assessed on an outline of a proposed thesis topic and availability of a college based or college affiliated supervisor. Successful applicants will enrol in both Advanced Research Legal Methods and Advanced Legal Research Dissertation instead of 24 credit points of law electives. In order to be eligible to advance to the Psychology Honours year of the course, students must achieve the stringent academic admission criteria that are required for Honours programs in Psychology. Academic admission standards are based on the average grade across all core second and third year psychology units. Students who have successfully completed the first five years of study but have not met the academic admission requirements for the Honours year will be eligible to apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Psychological Studies degree. In the Psychology Honours year of study students must complete an additional six units of study (96 credit points).